GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - The Abhinandan Foundation India has announced a campaign against child sexual abuse to raise awareness and protect children from crime in the city from December 10.
The campaign is part of the �full stop� campaign against child sexual abuse which was launched in 2017.
As part of the campaign children and their parents will be made aware of good touch, bad touch, emergency contacts and many more. To sensitise the children, animated movies, streetplays and other activities will be used as tools of the campaign.
�The main objective of this campaign is to create mass awareness on child abuse. There is a lack of awareness due to which most of the child abuse cases in Guwahati remain unreported. Most of the time cases related to girl victims are reported, but both boys and girls are victims of child abuse. The region has emerged as a hub of child trafficking in India. We urge everyone to join hands to stop child trafficking,� said foundation director Chiranjit Chakraborty, who is a slum dweller at Bhaskar Nagar of the city.
�There are 20 active members who will be mobilised with the help of the district administration throughout the city to carry out the huge task. The foundation receives donations from individuals and organisations for the campaign,� he added.
According to sources in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, there are 217 slum areas in Guwahati where more than 60,000 children reside.
The city-based NGO which was launched in 2016, has been working for child protection. It has 117 members, most of whom are below 16 years.
The foundation also has plans to expand the campaign to different districts of the State like Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Kamrup (M), Kamrup, Karimganj, etc.
�This year especially during the lockdown, there were many cases reported on sexual violence against children and there were many which had not been reported. We have teams whose members belong to slum areas,� Chakraborty said.